Book flights to Hamburg, and discover Germany’s ‘Gateway to the World’. Hamburg is a fantastic city, but for some reason it doesn’t as much tourist attention as it deserves. The city is full of incredible architecture, fascinating museums and galleries, superb restaurants and cafés, high end shops, and bustling flea markets that you can get lost in for hours. If you are in the city on a Sunday, don’t miss the early morning fishmarket – it may very well end up being the best part of your trip! Book flights to Hamburg with Ryanair.
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Water gives life. People find proximity to water in Hamburg like nowhere else. The city on the water is incomparable and has a unique character. Its maritime flair, fresh air, and Hanseatic cosmopolitanism make Hamburg the finest city in the world for many people. To discover it, embark from the Elbe landing stages (Landungsbrücken) on a round trip through the harbour and the historic Speicherstadt district. You will pass the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the city’s new landmark under construction, and HafenCity, Europe’s largest urban development project.

The flagship Casino Esplanade is not just a grand building, inside it offers an attractive spectrum of gambling options such as casino automats, roulette, poker and Black Jack. Open daily from noon till 4 a. m. We also recommend the restaurant Tarantella located on the first floor of the casino.

​Address: Stephansplatz 10​Website:
Lake Alster

A 160-hectare lake right in the city centre, surrounded by cafés, parks and walks. There are sculptures both on land and in the lake. There are also an abundance of oak and chestnut trees for nature lovers. It is also possible to rent pedal and rowing boats.

​Address: Harvestehude​Website: http://www.alstertouristik.deSubway: Jungfernstieg, U1, U2, S1, S3
The Harbour

Hamburg’s port is not simply a factor in the economy but, being so centrally located, it is also the city’s greatest tourist attraction. Located on the waterfront, since 1703 every Sunday morning virtually anything not nailed down firmly has been traded at Hamburg’s most traditional market. A popular option for early risers, night clubbers, bargain hunters and tourists alike is the brunch in the historic fish auction hall to the tunes of jazz, pop or rock music.

​Address: Große Elbstraße 9​Opening hours: April-Oct: 5 - 9:30, Nov-Mar: 7 - 9:30Subway: U3, stop "Landungsbrücken"; S1 + S3, stop "Reeperbahn"
The Reeperbahn

The Reeperbahn is a living legend: in the old days it was a seedy red-light quarter for seafarers, during the 1960s it was a stepping stone for the Beatles. Since the 1990s the red-light district has been gradually transformed into a unique entertainment district with bars and clubs, art galleries, cabarets, theatres and top-class restaurants. The Reeperbahn, almost 1 kilometre long, is a “must” on the tourist route as well as Grosse Freiheit, the Davidwache police station or the Spielbudenplatz with its Panoptikum waxworks and Operettenhaus.

​Address: ReeperbahnSubway: Reeperbahn, S1, S3 or St. Pauli, U3
Hamburg Museum

The Hamburg Museum hosts one of Germany’s largest urban history exhibitions. As a cultural history museum it displays the varied history of the city of Hamburg, from its beginnings in around 800 AD to now. It is the biggest museum within the Foundation of Historical Museums in Hamburg – complemented by the Altonaer Museum, focussing on maritime history, the Helms-Museum, specialising in archaeology, and the Museum of Work in Barmbek.

​Address: Holstenwall 24, 20355 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 428 132 100​Website:​Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10:00-17:00, Sun: 10:00-18:00Subway: St. Pauli, U3
Hamburger Kunsthalle

Opened in 1869, and once the embodiment of the Hamburg bourgeoisie’s feeling for art, the Kunsthalle is now acknowledged as one of Germany’s leading art galleries. The adjacent Gallery of Contemporary Art opened in 1996 at its prominent location and complements its main collection with ambitious examples of contemporary art. Collections include the Old Masters, valuable 19th century prints and drawings, Classical Modernism, as well as contemporary art exhibitions in the Gallery of Contemporary Art.

​Address: Glockengiessserwall, 20095 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 428 131 200​Website:​Opening hours: Tue to Sun 10:00-18:00, Thursday until 21:00Subway: Hauptbahnhof
Miniatur Wunderland - The world’s largest model railway

Miniatur Wunderland is the world´s largest model railway museum, one of Hamburg´s most popular family tourist attractions. It displays sections, showing authentic environment from different countries - Sweden and Norway to the pyramids of Egypt and Las Vegas in U.S. Visitors can even experience day and night – and all this every 15 minutes. You can also take a guided tour that shows Wunderland behind-the-scenes.

​Address: Kehrwieder 2-4, Block D, 20457 Hamburg​Website:​Opening hours: Please visit Baumwall, U3
Park Planten un Blomen

Take a stroll around the famous park Planten un Blomen which is located in the heart of the city. This is a place where you can unwind and enjoy tropical plants, the largest Japanese garden in Europe and a rose garden. In the summer time, the park offers daily theater performances for the children.

​Address: St.Petersburger Straße 28​Website: Stephansplatz, U1 and Dammtor, S11, S21, S31
Planetarium Hamburg

Learn more about our planet, about the space and what a black hole is, in one of the most advanced planetarium in the world. This is a great experience for the whole family, a place where you can delight in sky shows, live concerts, music- and multimedia-shows with incredible laser show-effects and interesting lectures.

​Address: Otto-Wels-Straße 1, 22303 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 428 86 520​Website:​Opening hours: see Metrobus 6, station Borgweg
St Nikolai Memorial

St Nikolai Memorial is Hamburg's central memorial which is dedicated for the victims of the war of year 1933-1945. For anyone who is interested in history, ruins and underground museum. Head up to the top of the tower for a great view.

​Address: Willy-Brandt-Strasse 60, 20457 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 371 125​Website:
The Hamburg Dungeon

The Hamburg Dungeon is a place where the dark past comes alive, where talented actors tells you scary stories and twisted fables about the Hamburg’s history. Along the tour you will find scary surprises and two rides (a short boat ride and a free-fall ride).

​Address: Kehrwieder 2, 20457 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 36 005 520​Website:
Kapitan Prusse - Boat Tour

There are several companies at the harbour offering boat tours; one of them is called Kapitan Prusse. It provides exciting city tour from the water and the tour takes about 1, 5 hour. This is a great way to learn more about the port of Hamburg. It also offers additional musical entertainment and cuisine on board.

​Address: St. Pauli Landungsbrücke 3a, 20324 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 313 130​Website:

For contemporary art and photography head over to Deichtorhallen which is located in two former market halls. They were built between year 1911 and 1914. With a size of 5.600 square meters, this is the biggest art space in Europe.

​Address: Deichtorstrasse 1, 20095 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 32 103​Website:​Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 11−18:00, first Thursday in the month: 11−21:00Subway: Steinstraße, U1 or Central Station, all lines

A great way to spend an afternoon or evening is to experience a musical. Since Cats made its debut in Hamburg, the city has welcomed many celebrated musicals like Lion King, Disney´s Musical Tarzan and Rocky the musical.

​Phone: +49 1805 44 70 000​Website:
Hamburger Dom

Hamburger Dom is the biggest public festival in the north of Germany and takes place three times a year. This is a festival where you will experience nostalgic carousels and high-tech rides. In addition to all these attractions you will also find a good variety of tasty food and drinks. The festival takes place annually in springtime between March and April, summertime between July and August, wintertime between November and December.

​Address: Heiligengeistfeld, Hamburg​Opening hours: Mon to Thurs: 15-23:00, Fri and Sat: 15-00:30, Sun: 14–23:00Subway: St. Pauli / Feldstraße, U3
Dialog im Dunkeln

This unique museum is an important exhibition; the visitors are led by blind people through a dark world of smell, sound and temperatures. The rooms are completely dark and you will get the opportunity to experience the everyday life of a blind person.

​Address: Alter Wandrahm 4, 20457 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 309 63 40​Website:
Town Hall

Unusually lavish for Hanseatic taste: built in 1886–1897, with its impressive architecture the splendid sandstone edifice in Neo-Renaissance style dominates the city centre. Hamburg town hall is the seat of the city’s Senate (state government) and Bürgerschaft (parliament), and, with its 647 rooms, has more rooms than Buckingham Palace. The town hall can only be viewed on guided tours.

​Address: RathausplatzSubway: Rathaus, U3 or Jungfernstieg, S1, S2, S3, U1, U4
Speicherstadt (Historic Warehouse Complex)

Over a century old, the Speicherstadt in the port is the world’s largest integrated complex of warehouses. Here, guests to Hamburg find an idyllic scenery of redbrick Gothic architecture from the Wilhelmine era with bizarre little gables and towers. Valuable goods are stored at controlled temperatures behind their massive walls: coffee, tea, cocoa, spices, tobacco – and the world’s largest stock of Oriental carpets. In the Speicherstadt Museum you can experience the history of this fascinating part of Hamburg.

​Address: Am Sandtorkai 36​Phone: 0049 40 321191​Website:​Opening hours: April to Oct: Mon to Fri 10–17:00, Sat, Sun, Holidays: 10-18:00; Nov - Mar: Tue to Sun 10–17:00Subway: Baumwall, U3
Hamburg's "Michel"

Hamburg's famous 'Michel' church is not only the most important baroque church in northern Germany; it could also be seen as one of the world's tallest lighthouses as it has served as an important landmark for boats travelling on the river Elbe. The viewing platform offers wonderful panoramic views of Hamburg and the harbour – especially at night

​Address: Englische Planke 1, 20459 Hamburg​Phone: 0049 40 376 78-0​Website:​Opening hours: Nov. till April: daily 10 - 18h, May till Oct: daily 9 - 20hSubway: U 3 Baumwall or Rödingsmarkt, S3 Stadthausbrücke
BallinStadt Emigration Museum

Experience the history of emigration in Hamburg: between 1850 and 1939, around five million people emigrated to the USA via the port of Hamburg. The city was the “gateway to the world” for all of them. They left their homes to find happiness in the “land of opportunities”, and the port of Hamburg was the stopover for all of these people. Hamburg pays tribute to all of these emigrants with its BallinStadt emigration museum, named after Albert Ballin, director general of the HAPAG shipping company.

​Address: Veddeler Bogen 2​Phone: +49 40 319 79160​Website:​Opening hours: 10:00-18:00, Nov - March: 10:00 - 16:30Subway: S3 / S31, exit Veddel/BallinStadt
Hamburg is a metropolis when it comes to shopping. Whether you are after fine wines and food or the latest in clothing fashions. There are numerous sidewalks in Hamburg. Shopping arcades, department stores and shops compete for space in everything from classical buildings in the Jugend style to hypermodern buildings.
Shopping the original Hanseatic way

The Hanse-Viertel shopping mall is nestled in the heart of Hamburg. Nowhere else can so many different stores be found under one roof. Fashion, gifts and treats to savour in a very special way. Also worth seeing inside is a spectacular granite globe showing the history of the Hanseatic trade routes.

​Address: Poststraße 33​Phone: +49 40 3480 930​Website:​Opening hours: Open Mon to Fri from 10 am to 8 pm​More info:

The most popular shopping street in Hamburg runs from the central station to Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz. There are chain stores here such as Zara, Douglas, H & M, Anson’s and Görtz. Jewellers, opticians and Thalia, Hamburg’s largest bookshop, are located next door to banks, chemists and cafés.

​Address: Spitalerstrasse

This is a beautiful arcade in the Jugend style with painted walls and ceiling. The oldest bookshop, Felix Jud, and the famous jewellers, Jensen, are to be found here. If you are hungry you can try Syrian food at the restaurant Saliba.

​Address: Mellin-Passage

Hamburg’s oldest outdoor market is open every Sunday morning. The market is located at the old fish auction premises and live bands play jazz, skiffle and country music. It is open in the summer from 5 a.m-9.30 a.m and in the winter 7 a.m-9.30 a.m. It is also a popular place to finish off a night on the dance floor with a good fish sandwich.

Hamburg is one of Germany’s best cities for eating shellfish and fish. In the morning the fishing boats head into the harbour with the night’s catch. Fish, wholesome stews, ethnic food and traditional German home cooking such as ”Birnen, Bohnen und Speck”- pears, beans and bacon – are dishes which are not to be missed. Hamburg has a wide range of restaurants and below are a few.
Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg

In a city that has hosted the early gigs of Liverpool’s original “Fab Four,” Hamburg once again claims rock residency with Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg. Located near the banks of the Elbe River in one of the city’s most historic buildings, the Landungsbrücken, nestled in the port near local landmarks, including Old Elbe Tunnel, the Old Warehouse District and the Harbor City, Hard Rock Cafe Hamburg is a must-see destination for visitors and locals alike.

​Address: St. Pauli Landungsbrücken, 5​Phone: +49 40 300 68 48 0​Website:

Cox is one of Hamburg’s most fashionable restaurants, serving German food with a French touch. The chef uses spices from all corners of the world and the food is beautifully presented. The restaurant is simple but luxuriously decorated in red leather. A popular place with a professional staff.

​Address: Lange Reihe 68 / Greifswalder Strasse 43, 20099 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 24 94 22​Website:

For more than two decades the residents of Hamburg have been making a pilgrimage to the restaurant which is famous for its food and mango ice cream. Shalimar is open every day from 6 p.m-12 a.m, which is unusual in Hamburg where most restaurants are closed on Sundays.

​Address: ABC-Strasse 46-47, in ABC-Forum, 20354 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 44 24 84​Website: http://www.shalimar-hamburg.deSubway: Hallerstrasse, U-bahn

Fresh fish and shellfish from the day’s catch are prepared at Fischküche. What’s more, it all takes place in a corner of the restaurant where the guests can see what is being cooked.

​Address: Kajen 12, 20459 Hamburg ​Phone: +49 40 36 56 31​Website: http://www.die-fischkueche.deSubway: Roedings Markt, U-bahn med direktion Speicherstadt
Restaurant Haerlin

Restaurant Haerlin is led by Chef Christoph Rüffer and as earned not only one but two Michelin Stars and 17 Gault Millau points. His combination of classic French cuisine with Mediterranean element is one of a kind. While you are enjoying the amazing food, be marvelled by the view over Hamburg´s Inner Alster Lake.

​Address: Neuer Jungfernstieg 9 - 14, 20354 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 34 94 33 10​Website:​Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 6.30 p.m – 9.30 p.m Kitchen close: 9.30 p.m​More info: Located in Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Dialog im Dunkeln

This is a place where you will experience a culinary journey in a completely dark restaurant. You will be served four course surprise dinner by a blind service staff, all you need to do is to enjoy the taste of the food in the dark. The restaurant is located inside the museum Dialog im Dunkeln. A very popular restaurant so book in advance!

​Address: Alter Wandrahm 4, 20457 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 309 634 0​Website:
Hummer Pedersen

For quality fresh fish and shellfish head over to restaurant Hummer Pedersen. The well prepared food is served by attentive and friendly staff at fair prices. On the menu you will find dishes like ​​fish soup, fish burgers and salmon fillet with vegetables.

​Address: Grosse Elbstrasse 152, 22767 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 522 993 926​Website:
Ristorante Portonovo

Ristorante Portonovo offers authentic Italian cuisine and the food is served in a busy but friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is beautifully located next to the lake with a stunning view. The food is well prepared with a modern twist and the chef is only using fresh seasonal ingredients.

​Address: Alsterufer 2, 20354 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 41 356 616 ​Website:

It opened its doors in January 2010, serving modern Japanese cuisine in a cosy environment. Here you can indulge yourself in dishes like sushi, tempura, miso soup and exclusive fish dishes. Serving both lunch and dinner.

​Address: Eppendorfer Weg 171, Elmsbüttel, 20253 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40432 800 32​Website:
Block Bräu

This authentic German brewery/restaurant is located on the harbour, a typical beer hall serving hearty fresh German food. Here you can enjoy homemade sausage with kraut and drink their own beer which is brewed on the premises.

​Address: Landungsbrücken 3, 20359 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 44 40 500​Website:
Butcher's - American Steakhouse

Great quality meat is prepared at Butcher's in a typical American steakhouse's atmosphere. The restaurant is situated in a small building in the centre of Hamburg. The food is served by attentive staff in a cosy setting with open fireplace.

​Address: Milchstrasse 19, 20148 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 446 082​Website:
Shin Shin

Shin Shin is a Chinese restaurant serving food with good quality and big portions too. This is a white table cloth restaurant that serves the food in bowls and on big plates. The professional staff is serving food at affordable prices. The menu offers tasty dishes like Leg of lamb à la Szechuan, Grilled pork neck and Duck with sweet - sour sauce.

​Address: Saseler Chaussee 254, 22393 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 601 9064​Website:

Tschebull is located in the shopping district in Hamburg, a real gem serving authentic food from Austria. If you are feeling very hungry, do not worry, the efficient and friendly staff serves big portions. There is also a good selection of wines, many of which can be had by the glass.

​Address: Monckebergstrasse 7, 20095 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 32 96 47 96​Website:

A family-run business with a rich tradition, it has been writing history for over 100 years and it all began in 1904. Schlachterbörse is a well-known restaurant and even the celebrities’ drop by regularly. The attentive waitress serves high quality German food and excellent wine, all to ensure you will have an unforgettable evening.

​Address: Kampstrasse 42, 20357 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 436 543​Website:

A restaurant beautifully located by the harbour with a stunning view over the water, serving fish and shellfish which are full of flavours. The restaurant has a perfect balance between culinary tradition and modern style. This is a first class restaurant with an excellent wine list, attentive staff and delicious cuisine.

​Address: Grosse Elbstrasse 143, 22767 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 381 816​Website:
On warm summer evenings visitors and locals sit themselves down at the cafés along the river where boats paddle by. Choose between home-baked bread, pastries and cocktails.
Café Sommerterrassen

Café Sommerterrassen has the best position on the Stadtpark canal. The most pleasant place to have a coffee in beautiful weather or at sunset in the summer.

​Address: Südring 44, Winterhude, 22303 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 270 62 74​Website:

The French author Honoré de Balzac was a caffeine addict. In the café with his name the owners endeavour to provide the highest quality, very nice and cosy for coffee lovers.

​Address: Paulstrasse 3, 20095 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 35 51 080​Website:
Lühmanns Teestube

As the name might give away, this is a tea house but so much more. Lühmanns tesalong is a popular vegetarian restaurant but also a well-known breakfast place.

​Address: Blankeneser Landstrasse 29​Phone: +49 40 86 34 42​Website:
Café Unter den Linden

The Café Unter den Linden has a style influenced by a mix of traditional and modern elements. It has been an appreciated venue in Hamburg since 1982, much because of the home-made cookies and meals.

​Address: Juliusstrasse 16, 22769 Hamburg ​Phone: +49 40 43 81 40​Website:

This is a great place to stop for coffee, tea or something a bit stronger. Alex is located in the beautiful Alsterpavillion just by Lake Alster. At this pavilion you can enjoy both concerts and exhibitions.

​Address: Jungfernstieg 54, 20354 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 35 01 870​Website:
The bars and clubs are open until 04.00 on weekdays and even longer on weekends. The best discotheques are situated in the famous Reeperbahn district, as are many of the bars.

Café Amphore is located close to the harbour in the city centre with a view over Elbe and is a trendy spot in the evenings. The Golden Poodle Club is on the floor below, a popular discotheque. No action until after midnight.

​Address: Sankt Pauli Hafenstrasse 140, 20359 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 31 79 38 80​Website:
Disco im Docks

Disco im Docks is a discotheque that also functions as a concert hall with plenty of room on the dance floor. Here you can find a younger crowd and a lot of university students at weekends. The music is the latest hits from the radio.

​Address: Spielbudenplatz 19, 20359 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 31 788 30​Website:
Angie´s Nightclub

Angies has live music featuring swing, jazz, funk and dance and is famous for its cocktails. Open from 10 p.m through to the morning, Wednesday-Saturday and from 9 p.m on Sundays.

​Address: Spielbudenplatz 27, 20359 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 31 77 88 11​Website:
Bar Hamburg

This elegant lounge bar has something for everybody with its three different spaces on two levels. There is also a summer location here, the bar a.mora, a great place to enjoy the romantic sunsets in Hamburg.

​Address: Rautenbergstrasse 6-8, 20099 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 28 05 48 80​Website:
H1 Club & Lounge

This nightclub is the place to be if you want to dance the night away. On Saturdays there is a good chance you’ll get to dance to your favourite house and electro DJ.

​Address: Conventstrasse 8-10c, 22089 Hamburg​Phone: +49 40 80 60 76 92​Website:
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